But the CEO of Coinbase, a cryptocurrency exchange valued at $1.6 billion last August, has a message for newer employees: Don’t panic. In a Twitter thread Tuesday, CEO Brian Armstrong shared the motivational message that he sent to his employees earlier in the day to reassure them to stay strong during the cryptocurrency down cycle.

“It can be scary the first time you see it, but to us who have been in the industry for many years, it feels like old news,” Armstrong said. “When there is hype, people are irrationally exuberant.

When there is despair, people are irrationally pessimistic. Neither is true,” he continued.

“Reality is always somewhere in the middle, more correlated with real usage (transactions per day) than the price.” Founded in 2012, Coinbase became a household name in the second half of 2017, as an upturn in the price of bitcoin sent new traders to the easy-to-use exchange.

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